Mysteries for Kids!

March 30th, 2011 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

Hi! It’s Wednesday, March 30, 2011 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
MysteryNet’s Kids Mysteries

Age Range: 8-13 (approximately, with parental supervision)

If you love a good mystery story, you’ll enjoy this website that offers several interactive mystery stories for kids to read and solve, along with an archive of mystery stories written for kids by kids.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes:

*Solve-It – Read a short mystery story containing clues. Follow the clues to solve the mystery. If you’re stumped, the solutions are readily available. This section contains an archive of “Solve-It” mysteries that will entertain you for hours. 

*Quick-Solve – This offers just one short mystery case that kids can try and solve. Then, it explains how the character in the story solved the mystery for comparison to your own strategy.

*Mysteries By Kids – Read the winning mystery stories submitted by kids during a contest conducted by this website. There are about 20 stories to enjoy.

You’ll also find complete instructions on how to perform a magic trick!

This is part of the larger MysteryNet website that offers extensive information on famous mystery fiction detectives from Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys to Perry Mason and Hercule Poirot.

You’ll also find the biographies of great mystery writers like Edgar Allan Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Erle Stanley Gardner, Mickey Spillane, and R.L. Stine, to name a few.

If you have older students, you may want to peruse the main site for the resources and information it offers. Of particular interest is the Mystery Time Line that explains the evolution of mystery fiction, and the authors and characters that define this genre.

If you read a mystery with your kids, you can then visit the Mystery Time Line to find out more about the author. Or visit the timeline to get a feel for the kinds of characters and storylines used by certain authors — and then select one of their mystery stories to read. Either way, the site will enhance your appreciation of a good mystery!


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